Monday, March 30, 2009

Focus Frames

A focus frame is a great tool for keeping a student on task.  A student has the focus frame at their seat and can frame a word or answer to a question individually.  Making focus frames is an easy task.  Just use an old manila folder, scissors, and a pattern.  To create the pattern you just cut out two L-shaped pieces, then cut slits in one of them so the other piece can slide into it.  

Many students with motor coordination or visual/spatial organization problems benefit from the use of these frames.  When they view numbers, the numbers often appear out of alignment.  The focus frame allows them to learn to frame and focus on units, then tens, then hundreds.  They uncover what they need to solve the problem, one step at a time.  This is especially helpful in long division.

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